Civil protection volunteers conduct health checks at Bologna, Italy's international airport on Feb. 6, 2020 (Arête News/Italian Civil Protection Department)
February 28, 2020
The World Health Organization raised its global risk assessment for the new coronavirus to “very high” from “high” on Friday, as some countries struggled with containment and economic fears lashed global markets.
The U.N. Human Rights Council chamber in Geneva, with its dome painted by Miquel Barceló, one of Spain’s leading contemporary artists (Arête News/Eric Bridiers)
February 24, 2020
United Nations leaders challenged nations, businesses and citizens to respond to a “call to action” on Monday for greater efforts around the globe to withstand a rising tide of human rights abuses, violent conflicts and climate change.
The late Jean Vanier, a Geneva-born Canadian Catholic philosopher who founded L'Arche International in France (Arête News/Kotukaran)
February 22, 2020
L’Arche International, a French international organization that supports people with learning disabilities, announced on Saturday that its late founder, Jean Vanier, had sexually abused six women in France over several decades.
MONUSCO, the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo, collects and destroys small arms taken from armed groups in 2015 (Arête News/Abel Kavanagh)
February 21, 2020
The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief launched a new project on Friday taking on the threat posed by links between terror groups, organized crime and trafficking in illicit small arms that are cheap and easily accessible.
Young children race each other at a refugee camp in Eastern Chad (Arête News/Fréderic Noy)
February 19, 2020
Two U.N. agencies reported on Wednesday that children who grow up in countries least responsible for the world’s overspent carbon budget suffer twice as many health problems as wealthier nations that pollute the most.
Afghan Refugees in Islamabad (Arête News/Hashoo Foundation)
February 18, 2020
Afghan refugees appealed to Pakistan and the United Nations for more support at an international conference that ended on Tuesday, hoping to return home after four decades of forcibly living abroad fleeing wars and conflict.
Sandhill cranes and snow geese in sunrise light at Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado (Arête News/Patrick Myers)
February 17, 2020
Delegates from 111 nations gathered in western India on Monday for a U.N. conference to protect migratory species and their habitats at a time when human actions are forcing Earth’s natural life support systems to a breaking point.
A news conference at the 2020 Munich Security Conference (Arête News/MSC/Hentschel)
February 16, 2020
Fears of a divided West challenged by China present a challenge and an opportunity for multilateral institutions to show their importance, the world’s diplomats concluded at a three-day summit in Munich that ended on Sunday.
American mechanized infantry troops in eastern Syria in November (Arête News/DeAndre Pierce)
February 13, 2020
The Assad regime’s Russia-backed military offensive against the last rebel-held area of northwestern Syria caused the biggest single displacement of the nine-year conflict, U.N. humanitarian officials said on Thursday.
Then-Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir arriving at Juba in 2011 (Arête News/Al Jazeera English)
February 11, 2020
In a surprise move, Sudan’s transitional government said on Tuesday it will extradite former leader Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to face trial on charges of genocide and war crimes from the Darfur conflict.